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Bureaucratic, poorly run, negative and toxic culture
Engineering (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ONSeptember 9, 2015
ComDev is a well established ecosystem of old boys and their rigid thought patterns. It is inflexible to change and any sort of situation that demands adaptation. Suggestions and good ideas are often put forth only to yield the usual status quo. Many people complain about their jobs and how miserable they are there, but because they're pigeonholed in a specialized industry, they lack transferable skills to move on. In essence, it's a company where dreams go to die.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Incompetent managers, inflexible structure, poor morale, lack of professionalism
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Good but shaky at times
Senior Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, OnFebruary 28, 2015
There are a lot of really good people working at COM DEV, especially on the front lines of engineers, technicians, assemblers, service group staff etc.

Middle management can be quite mercenary when the company isn't making money - preferring to lay off (permanently) the highest wage earners despite the loss of experience.

There is an element of cronyism at play here and promotions/salaries are not always correlated with performance.

In general though, it is a good company to work for as long as you're in one of the more stable business units.
Pros
good wage growth if you work hard, high-quality people
Cons
poor work-life balance, senior (high-wage) people vulnerable during layoffs
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fun place to work
Aerospace Assembler (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ONJanuary 15, 2014
Fun place to work. Great people. Great benefits. Little to none for job security.
Pros
easy work. lots of training.
Cons
random overtime and no job security
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Great Job
2nd Chef (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ONOctober 31, 2015
A typical day began with full breakfast, sausages, bacon, eggs made fresh by order. We featured breakfast specials twice a week, sometimes eggs benedict, sometimes pancakes or waffles. Every day had two fresh made soups, one meat and one vegetarian. Two lunch entrees were made each day as well. All fresh products, all made from scratch.

Like any large industrial building, there were times of employee turnovers. Often large groups of people were let go, and later replaced. So the learning would be from each of these new groups of people as to any allergies or sensitivities that may not have existed in the former group.

Co-workers were wonderful! We operated with a kitchen of 6 people, and everyone worked together as a team. We all learned the various aspects of the cafeteria and kitchen so everyone was able to help each other to ensure all chores were completed.

There really wasn't anything hard about the job. It was all timing for the food prep and pre-prep for the following day when the product allowed for it.

The most enjoyable and exciting part of the job, was that we catered to many internal caterings within various departments in the company, and once they knew I baked, they would always order cakes or cupcakes from the cafeteria. This then added to cafeteria revenue. July 1st Canada Day, I had an order for 300 Canada Day cupcakes. These were made with both red and white velvet cake swirled together in the cupcake, and topped with red and white swirled buttercream with a white chocolate maple leaf. Two weeks later, one of the departments celebrated the completion
  more... of an important project and ordered 300 blue and white cupcakes.  less
Pros
The people
Cons
leaving
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Switch Test Technologist (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ONOctober 22, 2014
A typical day at work would be when you got in you would check which tests were ready. You'd start working on your projects individually until the morning meeting was called and we could see priorities. The rest of the day consisted of working to get all priorities done effectively.

I learned how to manage my time better, how to help get team goals complete, how to use equipment that I'd never seen before and work on military grade devices.

Management was good and ran a monthly meeting where people were given opportunities to facilitate projects for overall team improvements.

The hardest part of this job was moving up in your field or to another field.

The most enjoyable part of this job was the work environment and how helpful and friendly people were on my team.
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Productive and fun work place.
Design Integrity Technologist 3 (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, OntMarch 28, 2015
Review and conduct materials testing to evaluate conformance of materials or processes to standards set by the industry. Fast paced environment with great teamwork displayed by both management and co-workers. Overall, a very enjoyable job.
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Decent place to work with good work life balance environment.
Senior Member Technical Staff / Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  CambridgeNovember 5, 2013
Decent place to work with good work life balance environment.
Pros
well known reputed company. socially responsible company.
Cons
project based, so narrow focus.
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interesting work
Flight assembler (Former Employee) –  CambridgeOctober 17, 2012
continually learning new skills, must be able to work to a high tandard of quality. Hardest part of the job was all operations required the use of a microscope
Pros
great work environment
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Fun place to work
TRE Clerk (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ONMarch 2, 2014
Days were full of multitasking, great team members, learned a lot about SAP
Pros
the people and facilty
Cons
promoting from within
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